THIS IS A SPOOF
I don’t know why it always falls on me to notice such details but the White House menu for last night’s dinner for Prime Minister Narendra Modi contained an item whose meaning I first did not understand. It says, “Eau bouillie finement”. It is obviously in French and my French being not good at all, I looked up the English meaning. It seems it means “Finely boiled water”.
I am told by sources inside the White House kitchen that the full description was “Finement bouilli eau avec une pincée de sel de chaux et de poivre” or “Finely Boiled water with a dash of lime, salt and pepper.”
There is not much mystery to the presence of this exotic sounding French food because the Indian prime minister is in the midst of his annual nine-day fast during which he consumes only water. It was not clear initially whether in light of the ritual restriction President Barack Obama should not arrange for a little more elaborate meal. Eventually though, a total ten guests were included, five from each side, after the prime minister happily said the others should go ahead and enjoy food. Otherwise the full menu might have just looked like this:
Once again, this is a spoof.